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Lithuania: MSC meets with the Baltic Sea fishermen in Klaipeda
Friday, 01 June 2012 13:22

The Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture on its website has reported a meeting with representatives of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) on 15 May 2012 in Klaipeda, at which the MSC certification programme was presented to Baltic Sea fishermen.

The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent, global, non-profit organisation that manages a widely recognised sustainability label for fisheries. The MSC environmental standard for responsible fisheries and the MSC Chain of Custody standard for seafood traceability together ensure that the raw material in fish and seafood products carrying the MSC logo has been sourced from a sustainable fishery. To determine whether the fisheries meet the MSC standard requirements three main aspects have to be taken into account:

  1. availability of resources; resources should not be overexploited;
  2. effects on the ecosystem;
  3. effective management: the fishery must meet all local, national and international laws.

Participants at the meeting heard that in the Baltic Sea region, Danish, Swedish and German fisheries are already certified to the MSC standard, while Polish fishermen are currently considering it. Speakers noted that the fishing industry is increasingly aware that priority should be given to sustainable fisheries products and is committed to encouraging fishermen to adopt responsible fishing practices. This is the only way the industry can meet the increasing demand for sustainably produced fishery products.